Qantas Club is the lounge membership program of Qantas, which gives you access to lounges, priority check-in, domestic upgrades and an additional checked baggage allowance.
In this guide, we outline the benefits of membership, pricing, the ability to earn Qantas points on joining and renewal, and alternative ways to access these privileges. We also keep you up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 developments in regards to Qantas lounges.
COVID-19 updates to Qantas Club memberships and lounge passes
Qantas Frequent Flyer is extending the validity of complimentary lounge invitations and Qantas Club memberships by six months, due to the widespread closure of its lounges worldwide.
Which Qantas lounges are currently open?
At the time of writing in early September 2020, a number of Qantas domestic lounges are currently open:
- Qantas Business Lounges: Canberra, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane
- Qantas Clubs: Adelaide, Alice Springs, Broome, Coffs Harbour, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Launceston, Tamworth, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay and Townsville
The following lounges are slated to open ‘from September 2020’, though no official confirmation has been given yet:
- Qantas Chairmans Lounges: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney
- Qantas Business Lounges: Melbourne
- Qantas Clubs: Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Devonport, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Port Hedland, Rockhampton and Sydney
International First and Business Lounges will remain closed until further notice, probably when international border restrictions are finally lifted. More information can be found on Qantas’ website.
What extensions do Qantas Club members get?
Qantas Club members with a membership year anniversary date between 23 March 2020 and February 2024 will automatically receive a six-month extension on their membership.
This applies to anyone who purchased their Individual, Corporate, Partner, or Group membership or an Annual Guest Card, using a credit or debit card, or Qantas Points. It does not apply to those who received a complimentary membership.
If your Qantas Club membership is due to expire:
- in March, April or May 2020: it will have automatically be renewed by the end of May 2020, with an additional six-month extension from the original month of expiry
- between June 2020 and February 2024: it will automatically be extended for six months, by end the of May 2020
Once your membership has been extended, your updated membership year-end date can be viewed at qantas.com in My Account or the Qantas App. Qantas will not be re-issuing new physical Qantas Club membership cards — it will all be digital.
Are complimentary lounge invitations extended?
If your complimentary lounge invitation was issued on or prior to 23 March 2020, it will have been automatically extended by six months by now.
You can view the updated expiry date of your invitation via the Complimentary Lounge Invitations portal.
For members who recently joined the new Points Club program, your newly acquired lounge invitations have been issued with a 12-month validity, expiring in 2021. That means that the extension will not apply to these invitations.
As travel is still fairly restricted, Qantas may introduce further extensions down the track. You can read more about these changes here.
How much does the Qantas Club membership cost?
All new Qantas Club memberships have a one-off joining fee, and a choice of signing up for either 1, 2 or 4 years.
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The last time fees were increased was in August 2017 and, previous to that, in 2014.
Redeeming your points for a Qantas Club membership generally represents poor value. For example, you’ll only get 0.57 cents per point value from using 70,000 Qantas Points for your $399 joining fee, which is well below the 1.9 cents that we value Qantas Points at.
Qantas Business Rewards members can receive 20% off individual membership fees. However, it should be noted that the 4-year membership option is not available for Qantas Business Rewards memberships.
You’ll receive your membership pack within 3 weeks or you can pay an extra $30 to get it delivered in 2-5 business days.
How do I join the Qantas Club?
You can join usually join the Qantas Club through this link. However, note that new memberships and renewal applications are not currently being accepted as of 2 September 2020.
What are the Qantas Club benefits?
As a Qantas Club member, you’ll get access to the following lounges when your next onward flight that day is on a Qantas or Jetstar flight number. The lounges you could access include:
- Qantas Club lounges in major cities when travelling within Australia, like in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Cairns
- Qantas Club lounges in regional areas, such as Launceston, Rockhampton, Hobart and Mackay
- Qantas International Business Lounges, like in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Singapore, Auckland or the Qantas/oneworld International Business Lounge Los Angeles
- Qantas International Lounges, such as Brisbane, Hong Kong and London Heathrow
- American Airlines Admirals Club lounges
- Emirates Business Lounge in Dubai
- Cathay Pacific Lounge in London Heathrow
- Alaska Airlines Club Lounges in Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, New York JFK and Anchorage when travelling on an Alaska Airlines flight, or connecting to or from a Qantas-operated international flight
- Associated lounges in most international ports to which Qantas flies, but where there are no Qantas or partner airline lounges available
You can bring a guest when travelling domestically on Qantas, QantasLink or Jetstar operated flights within Australia or New Zealand. Your guest does not need to be flying with you (or at all).
When travelling internationally, your guest needs to be travelling with you on the same day on the same flight.
You’re also allowed to invite your children into the lounge. However, children gaining access is subject to a variety of factors, including the lounge policies, the number of children and their respective ages.
Read the Qantas Club website for information on bringing your children into a Qantas lounge.
If you have more than one guest that you’d like to accompany you in a Qantas Club lounge on a regular basis, you can purchase an Annual Guest Card that allows you to bring an additional guest into the Qantas Club every time you visit. An Annual Guest Card is valid for 12 months and costs $350.
To understand the differences between the six types of lounges Qantas runs, including Qantas Clubs and International Business Lounges, check out the definitive Point Hacks guide to Qantas lounges.
In addition to lounge access, Qantas Club membership also grants you other benefits, including:
- Complimentary membership of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program
- Priority check-in on Qantas flights
- Priority waitlist and airport standby on a paid ticket and where waitlisting is possible
- Access to On Departure upgrade requests on Qantas domestic flights within Australia using Frequent Flyer points
- Dedicated service desks
- Additional checked baggage allowance when travelling in Economy or Premium Economy
- Discounts on Qantas Meeting Rooms in Australia
- Personalised service based on your Qantas Frequent Flyer Profile
- Priority phone service
- Save 30% off car parking when it is booked online with Secure-a-Spot
- Access to exclusive discount vouchers from Deliveroo in selected domestic Qantas lounges nationwide
Is there a Qantas Club membership card?
Qantas Club members with the Qantas mobile app can use their digital membership card to enter domestic lounges. A physical is also sent out to the member’s registered address.
However, in most cases, your Qantas Club membership will be printed on your boarding pass when flying on Qantas-operated flights. This is sufficient to gain entry into lounges without the card.
Can you earn Qantas Points on Qantas Club fees?
You’ll earn 3 Qantas Points for every dollar you spend on your joining and annual Qantas Club membership fees. That means you’d earn 4,137 Qantas Points on a regular joining fee and two-year membership.
However, you can also pair that with a credit card that offers bonus points for spend with Qantas if you use that card to pay your dues.
For example, if you use your Qantas Ultimate American Express card to make your purchase, you’ll earn an extra 2.25 Qantas Points per $ spent on Qantas products and services, bringing that total to 7,239 Qantas Points.
To compare with other options, check out our guide to the highest Qantas Points-earning credit cards.
Other ways to access Qantas lounges
Through a credit card
There is a handful of credit cards that offer lounge passes that can be used at Qantas Club domestic lounges in Australia and most Qantas International Business Class Lounges too.
Most cards offer two lounge passes each year you keep the card.
Through elite status
If you have Qantas Gold status or above or the equivalent status with a partner airline like Royal Jordanian (the easiest to reach Gold status with), then you’ll enjoy the privileges above not only on Qantas flights but when travelling with any oneworld airline.
Through paying for access
Qantas periodically runs trials to give lower-tier Frequent Flyers the opportunity to buy a day pass for Qantas lounges in Australia and overseas.
You may receive an email invitation to purchase a lounge access pass a couple of days before your next flight, so make sure to keep an eye out, as this is a great opportunity to check out what the Qantas Club lounges have to offer.
What are digital complimentary lounge invitations?
Qantas has changed its paper lounge passes to digital, so you can now redeem your lounge passes online by logging into your Qantas Frequent Flyer account or using the Complimentary Invitations Portal.
The digital process makes it easier for customers to manage their lounge passes, as well as to transfer them to any other Qantas frequent flyers instantaneously. The recipients can then link the lounge pass to one of their flights, or gift it onwards to someone else.
All Qantas complimentary lounge invitations are valid at lounges operated by Qantas, and you must be travelling on a QF or JQ flight number. You can also link your invitation to a Jetstar booking by filling out a form in the bottom of the page, and you must make sure to link your invitation to an eligible flight at least 24 hours before departure.
You can read more in our guide to Qantas complimentary lounge passes.
What’s the difference between Qantas Club and Points Club?
Qantas Club is the lounge membership program of Qantas Frequent Flyer. It gives you access to lounges as well as priority benefits when you fly.
Points Club, on the other hand, launched in March 2020 and is a tiered program to reward members who are more frequent buyers than flyers.
Points Club members get two complimentary digital lounge passes. Points Club Plus members get a complimentary digital Qantas Club membership for themselves only.
A Qantas Club membership does not come cheap, even with the occasional discount. This option is best suited to those who fly frequently and quite exclusively on Qantas and/or Jetstar, but just not enough to reach Gold status or higher under their own steam.
For those with other travel patterns, it may be best to get hold of a credit card that offers access to Qantas lounges or work your way to obtaining elite status, which will give you benefits across a wider range of airlines and airports.